Wellness Program

All Alliance patients are eligible to participate in our Wellness Program!  If you are interested in a particular class or want to learn more about helping in our garden, please contact your provider or our Garden Coordinator.  Review our Upcoming Patient Events Page for upcoming Wellness Program activities.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

At Alliance, we know many of our patients face physical and economic barriers to fresh fruits and vegetables, which are critical to improvement of their overall health. In response to these barriers, we built our Community Garden in 2009 to begin providing our patients with fresh produce.  It has grown exponentially!  In 2015, we harvested 2,000 pounds of fresh produce.  All produce is combined with healthy recipes and farmers' market information and made available to patients in the clinic.  Produce from the garden is also used and distributed through various wellness classes.  We welcome patients to complete their "prescription exercise" and lend their green thumb in our Community Garden!

DIABETES EDUCATION

To promote health, behavior change, and to improve long-term outcomes for our patients dealing with chronic diseases, Alliance offers three diabetes educational opportunities:  Diabetes Education classes, Diabetes Prevention Program, and Diabetes Group Visits. 

Diabetes education classes are offered monthly in Spanish & English, addressing both the educational and behavioral modifications that are necessary to promote lasting change. Through these health education classes, our patients learn more about the disease and how to manage their health on a limited budget.  Certified Diabetes Educators from Duke Raleigh Hospital and Novo Nordisk utilize the garden by preparing class meals, offering recipes and nutritional information, and providing fresh produce to participants.  Childcare is offered for school-age children during the diabetes class, and child educators from the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education's "Growing Healthy Gardens" program teach complementary curriculum and provide snacks for the children. To enroll in a class, patients can contact the Community Garden and Wellness Coordinator

Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in partnership with the Alexander YMCA for our pre-diabetic patients.  This 12-month, group-based program encourages healthy eating, physical activity and behavioral change to reduce the risk for diabetes.  Ask your doctor or our Wellness Coordinator about the Diabetes Prevention Program.

COOKING MATTERS @ ALLIANCE

Alliance Medical Ministry is a site for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's "Cooking Matters" classes.  We offer Cooking Matters @ Alliance and Cooking Matters @ the Store, both supporting our efforts to teach families how to grocery shop, meal plan and cook a nutritious meal on a limited budget.  These courses provide a long-term strategy to address hunger by ensuring that families can prepare nutritious meals that are balanced, tasty, and economical. All participants go home with a grocery bag full of produce after each class in order to help practice the skills they've learned. Our next course will be taught in the Spring of 2017. Please stay tuned for updates on the course dates and times.

Interested in participating in Cooking Matters? Contact our Community Garden & Wellness Program Coordinator today!

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YOGA

Yoga instructors from You Call This Yoga teach adaptive yoga classes to our patients that allow all individuals to participate, regardless of their athletic ability.  The goal is to increase strength and flexibility while reducing stress. Yoga takes place at Alliance every Thursday evening from 6:00 to 7:00.

WALK WITH  A DOC AND WELLNESS SATURDAYS

Alliance is the Raleigh site for the “JustWalk™” Walk With a Doc walking program. Alliance patients may join their medical providers each week for a thirty minute walk around Alliance -- about 1.18 miles.  Participation is FREE, just wear comfortable walking shoes! Our physicians will also be leading conversations on health issues faced by many of our patients, including diabetes, hypertension and obesity. After the walk, attendees are welcome and encouraged to harvest vegetables from our Community  Garden!  

One of these walks each Month will be held at Advance Community Health during their Wellness Saturday events. See flyer below for all dates. Walks at Alliance are open to the public.

SEED TO SUPPER

Alliance is a site for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Seed to Supper program, a five-week beginners gardening course. Seed to Supper participants learn how to go from having nothing in your yard and little knowledge of gardening to being capable of starting and maintaining a small vegetable and flower garden. Each participant that attends four of the five classes is eligible to apply to receive the installment of a backyard garden worth 150 dollars!  The classes are taught by three different Master Gardeners volunteers.  At each class, participants spend an hour learning the basics and essentials of gardening, and then get their hands dirty in Alliance's garden!  The course contains half Alliance patients and half Inter-Faith Food Shuttle community members . The program has been extremely well-attended and engaging, thus far. The next course will take place in the spring of 2017. Please stay tuned for updates on the course dates and times. Contact our Community Garden & Wellness Program Coordinator today!

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